Technological Educational Institution (T.E.I.) of Athens Faculty of Art & Design

mission statement

The TEI of Athens comprises of five faculties which occupy a complex of buildings on the main campus, though several Departments are situated elsewhere due to the increasing number of students.

  • third largest tertiary education institution in the country, largest out of all the TEIs in Greece
  • 5 Faculties
  • over 35000 students
  • close to 500 tenure members of faculty and 1700 non–tenure
  • 350 administrative and special technical staff 

By the end of 2018 the Technological Educational Institute of Athens will be merged with the Technological Educational Institute of Pireus and the two institutions restructured—both administratively and qualitatively—into a new institution which will exist under the title "University of West Attica".

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Design consists of four departments:

  1. the Department of Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts, and Product Design
  2. the Department of Graphic Design and Graphic Arts Technology
  3. the Department of Photography and Audiovisual Arts and
  4. the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art 

The Department of Graphic Design aims to educate its students to probe into the complex issues of comprehension, perception and aesthetic expression in a given concept within the realm of Visual Communication, both from the stand point of the creator and that of the reader. The students are trained to create, analyse and apply each sign or visual message they create as part of a semiotic and aesthetic value system which produces a targeted emotional response from the receiver.

The Curriculum offers theoretical analysis and workshop implementation focusing in strategies of visual perception. The courses expose the students to research techniques, issues in aesthetics and modes of composition through a variety of materials and techniques by manual tools or digital means of expression as part of their on-going education for a successful entry in gainful employment or to post-graduate specialization.

The Department of Photography and Audiovisual Arts specializes and leads to degree in Photography and Video studies. The mission of the Department is to provide knowledge at a multi– disciplinary level acquired through a variety of theoretical aspects, as well as applied technical practice, that promotes understanding, creativity, research, manipulation and overall exploration and production of the Technological Image and the Imaging Design. 

The Curriculum aims to develop an understanding of contemporary culture and its relationship to photographic and video practice, and to develop skills that will enable graduates to

  1. respond competently to the requirements of postgraduate studies,
  2. develop theoretical and critical activity and artistic productivity,
  3. keep up with the developments in photographic and motion picture practice and technology, and
  4. respond to the demands of creating high quality work in the relative competitive industries of photography, photojournalism, advertising, digital image manipulation, multimedia and video production. 

The Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art aims to provide academic and professional training in the fields of documentation, conservation and preservation of antiquities and works of art, thus creating future professionals capable of effectively employing scientific, technological and artistic knowledge and skills.

  • Knowledge and ability to analyse the various values of an object (historical, artistic, etc.).
  • Study of the construction materials and techniques.
  • Study of the pathology of an object and
  • understanding of the deterioration process.
  • Analysis of the environmental factors, in order to
  • discover the causes of degradation of the materials.
  • Preparation of a conservation study including an
  • analysis of the materials and techniques, recommended treatments, means, and measures to improve the environmental conditions.
  • Ability to safely undertake the suggestions of a conservation study.
  • Ability to contribute to the management and sustainable development of a monument. 

The graduates of the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art work in museums, public or private conservation offices, or independently, for the preservation of cultural heritage. They have the ability to understand the historical and artistic significance of Cultural Heritage objects with the aim to prevent further deterioration, and to reinforce concepts concerning how to approach Cultural Heritage objects. 

The Department of Interior Architecture and Design covers various fields of expertise: Interior Architecture and Design, small scale exterior spaces, Industrial & Product Design for everyday-use products, and the full range of Applied Decorative Arts. The department’s objective is to promote the field of Design through theory and practice, and to provide its graduates with all the necessary qualifications, specialized knowledge and practices for their future professional carrier and development. 

The department curriculum, with a series of prerequisite courses, optional prerequisite courses, elective and general education courses, aims to offer the students vision, skills, design awareness, artistic and aesthetic sensibility and skilfulness in design problem-solving. The overall objective is to offer an education that will expand knowledge and awareness on the technological advances in the design field, to explore the role of technology and of the processes that lead to artefacts with identity, in order to fulfil current demands in the design profession and to anticipate future developments. 

Graduates of the program are equipped to work as Interior architects & designers; they can design architectural space as well as special consumer products as furniture, ceramics, textiles; they are also able to design stage settings and to create purely artistic works as video art, three-dimensional artistic compositions etc. They can also be employed as members of research groups on topics of applied research and according to their artistic, scientific and technical knowledge. They may also wish to pursue a postgraduate diploma or masters programme in interior architecture, product design, or related disciplines. 

international role

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Design is an extremely mobile school, with more than 50 individual quality partnerships and more than 60 incoming students per year within the framework of the Erasmus+ Program. In regard to research opportunities, the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design enjoys the benefit of collaborating with numerous organizations including ELIA, Archemides, IDSI, etc.

Students studying at each Department through the Erasmus+ program may add modules coming from any of the other Departments of the Faculty for up to 20% of their program (some restrictions may apply). 

national role

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Design has long established national and international collaborations with Universities and Research Centers, organising joint projects, postgraduate programmes and conferences. The academic staff is involved in many research activities, and their graduates are mostly successful in applying their gained knowledge and skills to the labour market.

main focus

The curricula available at the Faculty of Arts and Design are focused on developments in Arts and Sciences related to their fields, both on a national and an international level. Please contact the respective Departmental Academic Coordinator for specific inquiries.

faculties and departments

  1. Dept. of Interior Architecture and Design
  2. Dept. of Graphic Design / Graphic Arts Technology
  3. Dept. of Photography and Audiovisual Arts
  4. Dept. of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art 

bachelor level programs

EQF Level 6

4 years / 8 semesters (240 ECTS)

master level programs

Dept. of Photography and Audiovisual Arts / Master of Arts in Video Production, Audiovisual Media and Motion Graphics

research activity and main areas

Various, depending on the discipline. Please contact the respective Departmental Academic Coordinator for specific inquiries.

doctorate level programs


subject areas for exchange students

Design, Product design, Graphic design, Interior Architecture, Multimedia, Photography and Audiovisual arts, Conservation of Works of Art and Antiquities.

application deadlines

Fall semester: mid-late September

Spring semester: early February

* deadlines may change upon various circumstances. Please address your inquiries to our International Relations Office at

teaching languages

Generally speaking, the Faculty considers it important that our Erasmus+ students are integrated into the normal course of studies and that they are offered the opportunity to interact with local students. Teachers are usually able to communicate with our Erasmus+ students in English, while some can [also] communicate in French or German. Technically, in order to receive a foreign student we require a minimum of B2 level of competency in English communication. 

In the general context of the studies the courses are held in Greek; no special studios are held for foreign students.

semester dates

Fall semester: early October to mid February

Spring semester: early March to early July

* dates may change upon various circumstances. Please address your inquiries to our International Relations Office at

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Appr. €800 - €1000 / month.

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